Since launching the COVID-19 Community Response Fund on April 3, 2020, Novartis and the Novartis US Foundation have donated $5M in grants and in-kind donations to help US communities provide resources to help keep their residents healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We hope the additional 40 grants made possible through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will make a positive impact in communities throughout the US.
“Earlier this year, the Novartis US Foundation realigned its priorities to support local communities by addressing social determinants of health and reducing disparities of care. The COVID-19 pandemic was an unforeseen event that exacerbated existing disparities of care for many communities across the country. We could not have anticipated this pandemic and its negative impact on the growing issue of health inequities. We are pleased that a pre-pandemic grant to the New Jersey Primary Care Association enabled five NJ community health centers to maintain continuity of care by providing telehealth services to some of the state’s vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. We hope the additional 40 grants made possible through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund will make a positive impact in communities throughout the US.”
The US Foundation reviewed hundreds of grant proposals and prioritized communities where Novartis employees live and work. As a result, 40 community organizations received grants totaling $4.89M to support COVID-19 response efforts, including:
- 20 programs focusing on community health including food security and other basic needs, mental health, and social service programs experiencing increased demand due to COVID-19
- 7 programs supporting health systems and protections for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic, including distribution of personal protective equipment
- 7 programs providing digital and telehealth services ranging from delivery of public health information through innovative digital platforms to building capacity for telehealth services and data collection, as well as COVID-19 symptom tracking and information
- 6 COVID-19 Community Response Funds established by community foundations and other organizations to support local needs
Additionally, Novartis businesses across the US provided nearly $150K in in-kind donations. To support the generosity of Novartis associates, the Novartis US Foundation increased its matching gift allocation to provide a double match for five non-profit organizations working on the frontlines of the pandemic. In partnership with YouGiveGoods, an online platform that facilitates the donation of goods through online purchases, employees donated needed goods and the Novartis US Foundation matched item-for-item up to $500 per employee.
See below to learn more about the organizations that received grants from the Novartis US Foundation: